PCSO says lotto ops to resume Wednesday after lifting of suspension

02-Aug-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Lotto operations are set to resume Wednesday following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to lift the suspension on the game, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said.

“The resumption of the lotto draws shall take effect today, July 31, 2019,” Royina Garma, PCSO vice chairperson and general manager said in a statement.

The suspension of all PCSO gaming activities was implemented last week after Duterte declared these illegal citing “massive corruption” in the agency.

The PCSO then disabled all its lotto, small town lottery (STL) and KENO terminals at the main data centre of its system providers when its outlets across the country were shut down over the weekend.

But on Tuesday night (July 30), Duterte ordered the lifting of the ban on lotto games after investigators found no anomalies in the conduct of its operations.

Garma said the PCSO continues to abide by the national government’s objective and goal in charity work, and supports the Duterte administration in its efforts to eradicate corruption and illegal gambling operations in the country.

“The PCSO continues its endeavor to fight and eradicate illegal gambling and corruption as the agency thrives in serving the public, especially those who are in dire need of help,” she said.

“The PCSO supports the President in eradicating corruption and illegal gambling activities. The agency programmes, projects and activities are aligned to the objective and goal of our national government,” she added.

While lotto operation is no longer suspended, other gaming schemes with franchises, licenses or permits granted by PCSO such as STL, keno and Peryahan ng Bayan shall remain suspended “pending the investigation of illegal activities and corrupt practices related thereto until the Office of the President evaluates the results of said probe.”



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